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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

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Join host Stephen J. Dubner of “Freakonomics Radio” and three celebrity panelists as they invite contestants on stage to tell us something we don’t know. It could be a fascinating fact, a historical wrinkle, a new line of research — anything, really, long as it’s interesting, useful and true (or at least true-ish). There’s a real-time human fact-checker on hand to filter out the bull. The panel — an eclectic mix of comedians, brainiacs, and other high achievers — will poke and prod the contestants and ultimately choose a winner. Like the “Freakonomics” podcast and books, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” is still journalism, still factual — but disguised in the most entertaining, unexpected and occasionally ridiculous conversation you’re likely to hear. Produced in partnership with The New York Times.

Join host Stephen J. Dubner of “Freakonomics Radio” and three celebrity panelists as they invite contestants on stage to tell us something we don’t know. It could be a fascinating fact, a historical wrinkle, a new line of research — anything, really, long as it’s interesting, useful and true (or at least true-ish). There’s a real-time human fact-checker on hand to filter out the bull. The panel — an eclectic mix of comedians, brainiacs, and other high achievers — will poke and prod the contestants and ultimately choose a winner. Like the “Freakonomics” podcast and books, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” is still journalism, still factual — but disguised in the most entertaining, unexpected and occasionally ridiculous conversation you’re likely to hear. Produced in partnership with The New York Times.
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Join host Stephen J. Dubner of “Freakonomics Radio” and three celebrity panelists as they invite contestants on stage to tell us something we don’t know. It could be a fascinating fact, a historical wrinkle, a new line of research — anything, really, long as it’s interesting, useful and true (or at least true-ish). There’s a real-time human fact-checker on hand to filter out the bull. The panel — an eclectic mix of comedians, brainiacs, and other high achievers — will poke and prod the contestants and ultimately choose a winner. Like the “Freakonomics” podcast and books, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” is still journalism, still factual — but disguised in the most entertaining, unexpected and occasionally ridiculous conversation you’re likely to hear. Produced in partnership with The New York Times.

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@TMSIDK_Show

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English

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212-678-8774


Episodes

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

10/15/2017
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Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday, The Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more.

Duration: 00:44:25


How to Count to Infinity

10/8/2017
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Mary Roach (author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Gulp, and Grunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more.

Duration: 00:50:09


The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

10/1/2017
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Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK explores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer.

Duration: 00:59:14


You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”

9/24/2017
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Hari Kondabolu (comedian and host of Politically Re-Active) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK reaches into our "grab bag" for fascinating facts on the downside of keeping secrets, the origin of fantasy sports, what pronunciations say about our politics, and more.

Duration: 00:49:09


Womb to Tomb

9/17/2017
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Alexandra Petri (Washington Post columnist) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK covers everything from birth to earth, including pregnancy tests, parenting, monogamy, aging better, and, finally, embalming.

Duration: 00:54:02


Season 4 Preview

9/10/2017
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Alex Guarnaschelli, Alexandra Petri, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Roach, and Jemele Hill are some of the brilliant co-hosts joining us during Season 4. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll learn in 10 new episodes beginning September 17th.

Duration: 00:03:05


Extra 6: A Better Way to End Basketball Games

9/5/2017
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Basketball fans know how boring a game's ending can be — intentional fouls can stretch 90 seconds into 10 minutes. What if we could fix it by blowing up the last 4 minutes?

Duration: 00:16:23


Extra 5: The Actress Who Never Takes a Sick Day

9/4/2017
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Off-Broadway actress, producer, and Guinness Record-holder Catherine Russell has played the same off-Broadway role for three decades. What’s more impressive than the play itself? She’s never called in sick.

Duration: 00:18:50


Extra 4: The Most Renewable Energy of All

9/3/2017
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Some of our most important inventions safely remove human waste. But what if we could use that waste to generate electricity?

Duration: 00:20:38


Extra 3: The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of Rosé Wine

8/29/2017
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From medieval times through the French Revolution, rosé ruled the wine world — and now it’s staging a comeback. Actress (and rosé fan) Miriam Shor joins as a co-host.

Duration: 00:12:38


Extra 2: Meet the Senator Who Wants to Start an Evidence-Based Revolution

8/28/2017
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Senator Todd Young of Indiana wants to make government-funded social programs more effective with Social Impact Partnerships, which pair private funding with proven projects.

Duration: 00:21:41


Extra 1: How the Mafia Got Its Start

8/27/2017
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In 1803, Sicily and Malta won contracts to provide lemon juice to the entire British Royal Navy. Half a century later, the mafia was born.

Duration: 00:15:15


Urinetown

8/6/2017
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James Altucher (host of The James Altucher Show) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is on the weird side of the tracks in Philadelphia with everything you've ever wanted to know about graffiti, cockroaches, tattoos, pee, and more.

Duration: 00:56:09


Creature Comforts

7/30/2017
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Krista Tippett (host of On Being) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as real-time fact-checker. Relax with a TMSIDK episode filled with facts on quiet rooms, pillows, comfort food, and ...Spam?

Duration: 00:54:07


Behavior Change: Ultra Egghead Edition

7/23/2017
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Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Philadelphia with a cornucopia of the world's most-renowned behavior-change experts presenting original research.

Duration: 00:55:47


Three Sheets to the Wind

7/16/2017
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John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as our real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Minneapolis for a show exploring the environment, morning drinking, skyways, hidden figures and more.

Duration: 00:50:03


Medicine

7/9/2017
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Bapu Jena, Christine Hurley and Evan Allen are panelists. The physician-professor-economist, the comedian and the New England Revolution head athletic trainer join us in Boston for a show on Medicine. Side effects include extra kidneys, Lyme disease, hairlessness, cardiac arrest and magical mucus. WBUR's Carey Goldberg is fact-checker.

Duration: 00:54:57


Getting There

7/2/2017
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Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Ginger Evans and Mary Catherine Curran are panelists. The rapper/political organizer, the commissioner of Chicago's Department of Aviation and the comedian join us in the City of Big Shoulders for a show on transitions — from here to there, from low to high and from fish to humans. Jesse Dukes is fact-checker.

Duration: 00:59:58


Family Matters

6/25/2017
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Amy Chua, Liza Donnelly and Gary Gulman are panelists. The "Tiger Mom," the New Yorker cartoonist and the comedian join our dysfunctional family for this show on parenting, cousins, genealogy and medical divorce. AJ Jacobs is fact-checker.

Duration: 00:54:41


Cities

6/18/2017
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Eugene Mirman, Ed Glaeser and Amy Glasmeier are panelists. The comedian, the Harvard economist and the MIT professor join us in one of America's oldest urban centers for a show about cities, including ruins, sewage and ghost towns. Mike Maughan is our fact-checker.

Duration: 01:01:18

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